Weddings at Doe Bay

Doe Bay is a romantic, magical setting for the couple seeking a unique and extraordinary venue in which to honor and celebrate their commitment.

The number of weddings we are able to hold at Doe Bay in the summer is limited. We generally host around 6 weddings from June through September. Wedding weekends tend to book out a year or more in advance. Contact us now to inquire!

If an early summer, spring, or fall wedding appeals to you, you will have more available choices AND you can take advantage of lower shoulder season rates.

Café buyout wedding celebrations (up to 85 guests) are only available from early-September until early-June.

Weddings at Doe Bay are both rustic and elegant, with a stunning backdrop of pristine Pacific Northwest waterfront and exquisite catering by our own Doe Bay Café. All meals are made from the freshest, organically grown food available from our region.

Bring your friends and families together for a peaceful, intimate gathering where the focus is on your union, surrounded by those who are most important to you. The serenity and natural charm of Doe Bay allows you and your guests to unwind and relax throughout the entire event.

The resort has a wide range of accommodations suitable for the preferences of your guests, from multi-room fully equipped cabins, to yurts and domes, to campsites with amazing views. A two night stay is required. Our welcoming front desk team will assist you and your guests with selecting the perfect accommodations. Please visit our interactive resort map to explore the options yourself. A deposit for one night’s stay is required at the time of booking. The maximum guest capacity for weddings is 200; this includes camping.

There are plenty of activities to keep your party entertained during their stay, including our sauna and secluded outdoor soaking tubs, yoga and massage, guided kayak tours and beautiful hikes.

The Café Buyout Option allows you to close the Café to the public during normal dinner hours. We can seat up to 63 guests inside and 85 if the outside patio is used as a dining area though your group will then be split into two separate dining areas. Please keep in mind that with a group larger than 63 you may need to rent a tent from an outside source to cover the patio in order to seat everyone in the case of bad weather. The Café Buyout fee is $2,000 for the months of early-September through early-June (we do not host Café Buyouts mid-June through mid-September).

Additionally, catering costs start at $50 per person and go up depending on your menu selection.

Full Resort Rentals may take place all year round. There is a site fee for exclusivity of the resort. The Full Resort Package requires a two night minimum rental of all accommodations. Any space that is occupied will be charged the applicable nightly rate.

The site fee from mid-June through mid-September is charged for the two days at $3,500 per day.

The site fee does not cover the cost of occupied accommodations and guests generally book their own rooms.

The client is responsible for the rack rate cost of any unreserved and unused accommodation spaces, except for camping spaces. At the client’s option we will offer any unrented spaces other than campsites to the public in order to limit the cost to the client for unused accommodations.

The site fee allows you to erect a party tent and hold your celebration on the waterfront as well as exclusive use of the spa and serenity gardens, with the exception of the period between 4-10pm on the night of your celebration. Full use of the yoga studio is also included until check out at 11am. The Café will close during your primary catered event to place full attention on your reception but will remain open to the public during all other regular hours of operation.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 is required at the time of signing a full resort rental contract to reserve Doe Bay for your event. A $2,000 deposit is required to secure a Cafe buyout celebration.
  • Additional deposits will be required as the event date approaches towards catering and accommodations as defined in the contract.
  • All event charges shall be paid by cash or check.  Credit card may be used subject to a processing fee of 3%.
  • Catering costs start at $60 per head to cater a for a full resort rental wedding reception and $50 per head for a Café buyout celebration.
  • A 75% deposit is required at least 45 days prior to the event.
  • Catering costs include food service tables, dishware, place settings, labor, and servers.
  • Dining tables and chairs as well as napkins and dining table linens are not included and need to be rented from an outside source. We will provide black table linens for all food service tables.
  • Our catering capacity is 200.
  • No outside catering is allowed.
  • Multi-tiered wedding cakes are allowed from outside vendors, but other desserts are not. There is a cake cutting service fee of $100 for wedding cakes.
  • With the exception of closing to cater your primary event meal, the Doe Bay Café will remain open to your guests and the general public for all meals/hours as usual and advance reservations are recommended for any persons planning to eat in the Café.
  • Doe Bay will provide all of your alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages. We have a variety of exciting cocktails and our bartender can create signature cocktails to suit your event.
  • The corkage fee applies only to wine. We cannot allow outside beer or hard alcohol to be brought in by the wedding clients. There is a corkage fee of $15 per bottle.
  • Doe Bay will staff the bar with a bartender(s).
  • Coffee and tea service are available for $2.50 per person.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks such as rosemary lavender lemonade, juices, iced tea and fruit sodas are priced at $3 per person.
  • PA Rental is available for $150 per PA, per site, per day. We have three systems available to allow for set up on the bluff, under the tent, and in the Yoga Studio simultaneously.  Doe Bay will be responsible for set up and tear down.
  • There is a one-time fee for use of the Yoga Studio for private functions, unless it is a Full Resort Rental in which case it is included. All equipment must be removed from the space by 11am on the day of check out.  It is not included in a Café buyout agreement. Rates vary depending on the season.
  • There is a cleaning fee of $100 for cleaning an outside vendor’s rental dishes.
  • Projector and movie screen available to rent at $150 per day.
  • Patio Heaters available to rent for $30 per heater which includes one tank of propane.  Additional tanks are $25 each. These cannot be placed under the tent due to fire codes.
  • Other rentals such as tents, tables, chairs, linens, etc. must be rented elsewhere.  We are happy to provide you with names and contact numbers for some vendors.
  • The site fee may be discounted 20% for a mid-week wedding or event (in, on, or after Monday and out by Thursday), not applicable to July or August.
  • We will add 8.1% tax and (if applicable) a lodging tax of 2% to your final bill. A 20% gratuity will be added to your catering bill.
  • A signed contract & receipt of deposit is necessary to securely book your wedding event.
  • All facilities/services are open as usual to the public and/or other guests unless the entire resort is rented (Spa, massage, yoga, kayak trips, etc).
  • San Juan County has a Noise Ordinance that requires that outdoor amplified music conclude at 10PM.  All amped music must be moved indoors at 10PM, ceasing at 11pm for Café buyouts and midnight for full resort rentals.
  • The Café remains open to the public unless a Full Resort Rental has a substantial catered meal during the Café’s normal business hours.
  • If extra labor is needed, a charge of $55 per hour will apply. Examples of this are moving tables, moving chairs, shimming tables & chairs, moving décor, hired labor for décor assistance, or anything we deem to be beyond our normal routine.
  • Coupons for accommodation discounts are not applicable during wedding events.

Our warm and welcoming staff is dedicated to meeting your wedding needs with a skillfully planned event that you and your guests will cherish. Please contact our Events Coordinator with further questions regarding available dates and catering options.

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Doe Bay Weddings

Testimonials

Doe Bay was a picture perfect wedding weekend getaway for us to celebrate our union with our closest friends and family. The highlights were the unparalleled, breathtaking location, top notch farm to table cuisine, friendly, accommodating staff and rustic, laid-back vibes that made this the most magical weekend of our lives.
~ Julie & Kevin – September 2017

Our wedding was indescribably magical, and the setting at Doe Bay was a huge part of that. It was incredible to bring our loved ones to a place that is so special to us. Doe Bay will always be a place we return to relive our wedding, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the gift you’ve all given us!

~ Molly and Adam – June 2017

Our wedding at Doe Bay was my dream wedding come true. We lucked out with perfect weather, but everything else was already perfect. The coordinator, the caterer, and the venue were incredibly competent, helpful, and generous with their time, energy, and talents. Our guests were blown away by the beautiful location and the top notch food and service. Many of them had never been to the San Juan Islands before and would probably never have had an excuse to come out here otherwise. What a wonderful way to show off the gem of the Pacific Northwest! We could not have asked for a more fun, stress-free wedding experience. I highly recommend Doe Bay for anyone wanting a gorgeous, natural setting where guests can spend the whole weekend relaxing and celebrating.
~ Molly and Matthew – May 2017

During an amazing post-wedding brunch at the Doe Bay Cafe on Sunday morning surrounded by our closest friends and family, we reflected on our wedding weekend and couldn’t think of a single thing we would have changed. From Friday afternoon when we arrived at Doe Bay, the amazing staff helped get us checked into cabins and yurts tucked throughout the resort and all of our guests were able to gather around the Retreat House; sitting in the sun and getting to meet each other, some for the first time, in a wonderful low-key setting. The night ended with a soak in the hot baths and sauna and a roaring bonfire, under a full moon overlooking the Puget Sound. Our wedding day was flawless with an outdoor ceremony overlooking the water. In such an enchanting setting, later, we barely noticed the little bit of Pacific Northwest drizzle while we ate an incredible dinner of salmon and vegetables fresh from the Doe Bay Garden under a tent with open views of the beauty of Doe Bay. As the sun began to set and we moved into the Yoga studio for some entertainment and toasts, folks who had been strangers on Friday were now good friends, laughing together into the late night which ended with some pretty amazing late-night grilled cheeses. Doe Bay and the resort staff were the true stars of the weekend, working tirelessly in the background to create a flawless, personal and one of a kind wedding against the most beautiful backdrop in the Pacific Northwest. We will never ever forget this weekend and can’t wait to come back for many more anniversaries to come.
~ Noelle and Chris – May 2016

During an amazing post-wedding brunch at the Doe Bay Cafe on Sunday morning surrounded by our closest friends and family, we reflected on our wedding weekend and couldn’t think of a single thing we would have changed. From Friday afternoon when we arrived at Doe Bay, the amazing staff helped get us checked into cabins and yurts tucked throughout the resort and all of our guests were able to gather around the Retreat House; sitting in the sun and getting to meet each other, some for the first time, in a wonderful low-key setting. The night ended with a soak in the hot baths and sauna and a roaring bonfire, under a full moon overlooking the Puget Sound. Our wedding day was flawless with an outdoor ceremony overlooking the water. In such an enchanting setting, later, we barely noticed the little bit of Pacific Northwest drizzle while we ate an incredible dinner of salmon and vegetables fresh from the Doe Bay Garden under a tent with open views of the beauty of Doe Bay. As the sun began to set and we moved into the Yoga studio for some entertainment and toasts, folks who had been strangers on Friday were now good friends, laughing together into the late night which ended with some pretty amazing late-night grilled cheeses. Doe Bay and the resort staff were the true stars of the weekend, working tirelessly in the background to create a flawless, personal and one of a kind wedding against the most beautiful backdrop in the Pacific Northwest. We will never ever forget this weekend and can’t wait to come back for many more anniversaries to come.
~ Noelle and Chris – May 2016

Our wedding was more than I ever could have hoped for. What made our wedding so phenomenal was the positive energy, love and sense of community that everyone exuded during our wedding weekend. Because Doe Bay is such a magical place I believe that it enhanced everyone’s sense of peace and tranquility which made all the love flow that much more freely. It was also incredibly special that we got to spend the whole weekend with our loved ones and share a place that we hold so close to our hearts. One of my favorite memories of our wedding weekend was the morning of our ceremony. We had scheduled a yoga class that everyone was invited to attend, and I remember walking into the studio and seeing so many faces of our different friends and family, some of whom had never done yoga before, all participating in the class. Starting the day off with that sense of togetherness and support set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
~ Kendra and Daniel – July 2012

Doe Bay Resort is a special place and the only venue in the entire Northwest that could give us the kind of wedding we wanted – a retreat for a large number of guests to stay together and get a true taste of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from spotting whales on the ferry ride, to incredible sunsets, hiking, kayaking, seafood and beauty. Our guests from around the world were smitten. Thank you!
~ Anonymous couple